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Still Life Mosaic

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Delicious fruit in a glass bowl is the subject of this outstanding mosaic

Key Features

  • This wonderful, colorful still life is actually a highly detailed mosaic
  • Composed of small squares of glass, this mosaic continues a grand tradition of artistry
  • Set into black marble on a white marble base, this piece evokes ancient elegance
  • 19th century
  • 22 wide x 22 1/8 high; Base: 28 13/16 wide x 7 5/8 deep

Item Details

  • Width:
    22; Base: 28 13/16 Inches
  • Height:
    22 1/8 Inches
  • Depth:
    7 5/8 Inches
  • Material:
    Still Life
This incredible still life mosaic combines intensive workmanship and exceptional beauty. This highly detailed depiction of a bowl overflowing with fresh fruit is composed of thousands of small squares of glass. Set in velvety black marble and set in a pristine white marble base, this mosaic is awash with color, light and shadow, and is clearly the work of a master artisan.

Roman mosaics had both an artistic and practical function. More durable than paintings, they could be placed anywhere, from the ceiling to the floor, where they performed as attractive interior decoration. The ancient Romans used them to decorate public buildings and the homes of noble families, and as the centuries progressed, they adorned baths, temples, basilicas, and imperial palaces. Even as Christianity took over, mosaics continued to feature in many of these highly important buildings, where they created a sense of divinity and magnificence. By the 4th century A.D., mosaics were popular throughout the Mediterranean. This popularity spread during the Byzantine era, which produced the stunning mosaics of the Hagia Sofia, and the foundation of the Papal state, and consequently the founding of the Vatican Mosaic Studio. This art saw resurgence during the 18th and 19th centuries, when wealthy Europeans collected them while on their Grand Tour, and ever since, the art of mosaic has embodied the essence of permanence and elegance.

19th century

22" wide x 22 1/8" high
Base: 28 13/16" wide x 7 5/8" deep

Reference:
Micromosaici Romani (Roman Micromosaic), 2010, Roberto Grieco

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